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Virtues & Vocations - Education for Flourishing: Pursuing Purpose in the Professions

Virtues & Vocations is a national forum housed at the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame for scholars and practitioners across disciplines to consider how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education. During our webinars, we will consider issues related to character and work, how to pursue virtues such as hope and wisdom within higher education and the professions, and how mental health and moral purpose connect to human flourishing.

Ten Years Hence 2023: Is Globalism Dead?

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Mendoza College of Business signature lecture series, Ten Years Hence. We invite you to join with us to see and hear a variety of experts talk about this year’s topic, framed around a question: “Is Globalism Dead?” Some of our speakers will say the answer is “yes,” while others will say, “definitely not.” Still others aren’t so sure, offering a qualified, “perhaps.”

Inspiring Conversations: Kinship

Since its inception in the Fall of 2020, The Inspiring Conversations series has brought insightful speakers and conversations to communities in over 34 countries from around the world. In the 2022-2023 academic year, Inspiring Conversations continues with a focus on “Kinship” as we dive into the value of true accompanied relationships and their value across multiple disciplines. We will welcome a variety of speakers, from various disciplines and backgrounds to discuss Kinship from the perspective of their expertise and experiences.

Approaching Asia

With the presumptive global balance of economic and political power shifting toward Asia, it is essential to understand Asia and its contextin a world characterized by international insecurity and pandemic threat. Discover several “Asias” - peoples, practices, and a web of life upon which the world’s very existence depends. The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies is pleased to bring you the new ThinkND essay series Approaching Asia.

Seasons of Change: Care & Support for Yourself & Others

What allows some individuals to maintain their health and well-being into their senior years better than others do? Join Cindy Bergeman, Notre Dame professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, as she shares the keys to weathering the seasons of our lives with resilience and openness. We will discuss how to take advantage of the opportunities offered to us through the aging process, including wisdom, experience, relationships, and change. 

The Secret Life of Spirits

What are spirits? How are they made? Join us for a new series in the Science & Business of Wine, Spirits and Beer family: The Secret Life of Spirits, from the Notre Dame College of Science and Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business in collaboration with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at University of California, Davis.

Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation

Organized by the Medieval Institute, Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation will take us from the deep past to the present day to discover what the practice of pilgrimage offered our ancestors and why it remains attractive to so many today. Pilgrims seek to be changed by their experience. That may be why pilgrimage is currently being used in work for racial justice and healing. The journey both symbolizes and realizes the transformation necessary for us to become the beloved community.

Wine, Behind the Curtain

Most people enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner, and some discuss the complexities of taste, but we’re returning to basics. What is wine? How is it made? Let’s start from the beginning and build a base of understanding to explore all things wine in the Wine: Behind the Curtain series. We’ll share how to experience your favorite bottle and what decisions or locations affect its flavor and aroma.

TEC Talks Podcast

Hosted by Kirsten Martin, the director of Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND TEC), TEC Talks podcast features conversations on a broad range of topics in technology ethics with guests from both inside and beyond academia. Each episode takes one article, idea, case, or discovery and examines the larger implications for the field of tech ethics, with the goal being to make this work accessible to a wide audience.

Creating Your Inspired Journey

The Inspired Leadership Initiative (ILI) presents this new series: Creating Your Inspired Journey - an opportunity to be intentional about discovering, discerning, and designing a life with purpose. We will have worthwhile discussions about the essential ingredients of building a life and a legacy: our creativity, our vision, and the tools we need for the journey to make it happen.

Arts & Culture

Notre Dame continues to explore human forms of expression, innovation, and creativity, reminding us of the uniqueness of the human spirit in the past, present, and future. These learning opportunities will provide avenues for creative exploration and intellectual inquiry through topics such as the liberal arts and social sciences and the ways in which they impact our shared history, our current cultures, and our potential futures.


In a time of increasing globalization, American businesses can be greatly impacted by consumer habits around the world. In these learning opportunities, Notre Dame experts expand upon macroeconomic and consumer trends both domestically and internationally.

Current Times & Social Issues

Though American politics have always been polarized, they appear more so now than ever before. Listen to experts from the University weigh in on the historical impacts and present and future consequences of topics surrounding constitutional law, American history, and institutions such as the Supreme Court.

Global Dialogues

As the world trends toward more interconnectedness and globalization, Notre Dame continues to have a presence around the world from Africa to Latin America to Asia. In the hopes of further promoting human development, these learning opportunities share how the work done both on campus and internationally aims to affect positive, significant, and sustainable change in the world. From issues surrounding migration and religious freedom, to international politics regarding democratization, education, participation, and citizenship, these conversations hope to engage participants in critically thinking about and seeking to improve our global society.

Leadership: Impact, Fulfillment and Well-Being

At Notre Dame, we focus on educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. In these discussions, Notre Dame experts examine various aspects of individual or family health, such as resiliency, education, personality, identity, and character development. Whether you work in business, healthcare, teaching, politics, or any other industry, leadership skills are critical to professional development and advancing your career. In these learning opportunities, Notre Dame experts could focus on topics such as corporate social responsibility or becoming a more effective leader.

Religion & Spirituality

Notre Dame believes in educating its students in faith and reason through the study of Catholicism, history of Christianity, world religions, moral theology, and more. Guided by the ideal of “faith seeking understanding,” these learning opportunities cover topics such as early Christianity or Islam, the relationship between religion and science, the connection of Christianity and culture, Pope Francis's vision for the Church, and others.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Notre Dame strives to remain on the cutting edge of education and research in science, technology, engineering, and math. These learning opportunities might explore big data, algorithms in our everyday lives, physics, and more. With technological breakthroughs and evolutions in STEM comes the responsibility of ethical decision-making. These conversations could elaborate on timely issues like public health, antibiotics, regeneration, or healthcare technology, and how experts continue to critically think about and evaluate these new advances.

See all ThinkND Series events for the upcoming month here.